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The Implementation and Efficacy of Scientific Literature within an Introductory Biology Lecture Course:A Study in Pedagogy, Curricula, and Standards as They Apply to Post-Secondary Science Education

Tomaszewski, Shaun Allen (2009) The Implementation and Efficacy of Scientific Literature within an Introductory Biology Lecture Course:A Study in Pedagogy, Curricula, and Standards as They Apply to Post-Secondary Science Education. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The current study involved students enrolled in the Fall 2007 Biosc 0150 and Spring 2008 Biosc 0160 lecture sections of a single Faculty member. Most students were incoming freshmen, and their prior exposure to the natural sciences varied. A single recitation section was used as the experimental section, taken from each lecture section. In addition to regular instruction, the students enrolled in the experimental section were also assigned readings from peer-reviewed journals. The performance of these students was then tracked, as it was expected to vary, and compared to that of the students enrolled in the control recitation sections. There was found to be a significant difference between the achieved mean course grade of the experimental section and the control section, for the Biosc 0150 lecture section, but not in the Biosc 0160 lecture section. Important trends, though, were noted in both semesters and are examined herein.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tomaszewski, Shaun Allenshauntom@gmail.com
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRoberts, Laurellaurelb@pitt.eduLAURELB
Committee MemberHumphrey, Kathykathyh@pitt.eduKATHYH
Committee MemberBobick, Sandrasbobick@ccac.edu
Committee MemberGodfrey, Susanssg1@pitt.eduSSG1
Date: 15 May 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 3 April 2009
Approval Date: 15 May 2009
Submission Date: 27 April 2009
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: University Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: biology; introductory class; introductory students; journal database; literature; online journal; primary literature; science curriculum; undergraduate
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04272009-163623/, etd-04272009-163623
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7695

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